Definition of swelling
1 : something that is swollen; specifically : an abnormal bodily protuberance or localized enlargement
2 : the condition of being swollen
Examples of swelling in a Sentence
There was a swelling above her eye.
The swelling around her eye should subside in a few days.
Recent Examples of swelling from the Web
The man accidentally stuck himself with a shrimp, developing a high fever, pain and swelling within hours.
There is no treatment for OA, aside from joint replacement, and therapies to address symptoms, such as anti-inflammatories for pain and swelling.
Thomas said at the team’s practice facility Friday that the swelling must go down before there is a decision on how to rehab.
The impact jolted him so hard that his brain smashed against his cranium, causing hemorrhaging and swelling.
Thomas said at the team's practice facility Friday that the swelling must go down before there is a decision on how to rehab.
But Reilly's comments — which upset Texans enough to provoke an editorial in the Dallas Morning News — formed part of the backdrop to a swelling of local pride over the last week.
The Guardian reported that Iraq war vet Scott Olsen is in a local hospital in critical condition with a skull fracture and brain swelling.
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Before 12th Century
First Known Use of swelling
before 12th century
SWELLING Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of swelling for English Language Learners
: an area on someone's body that is larger than normal because of an illness or injury
: the condition of being larger than normal
SWELLING Defined for Kids
Definition of swelling for Students
: a swollen lump or part
Medical Definition of swelling
: an abnormal bodily protuberance or localized enlargement an inflammatory swelling
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